Athlete’s foot FAQ’s

How do I treat Athlete’s foot?Q.

Athlete’s foot is very common and can be treated easily with antifungal medicine.31 There are several Canesten products available to help you get rid of your Athlete’s foot. Click here to find out more.

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If I ignore it, will it go away on its own?Q.

Unfortunately not. Athlete’s foot is fungal infections which requires treatment with antifungal medicine.31 For information on treating Athlete’s foot quickly and effectively, visit our treatment page.

How long does it last?Q.

If you treat the symptoms of Athlete’s foot straight away, it should start improving within a week.31

How do I prevent Athlete’s foot in future?Q.

There are a few simple steps you can take to prevent Athlete’s foot. Our top tip is to keep your feet clean and dry, especially after spending time in public change rooms, pools or showers.29,33 For more tips on prevention click here.


Are Athlete’s foot and ringworm the same?Q.

Athlete’s foot and ring worm are caused by a common fungus called the “Tinea”. Depending on the location of the infection in the body it is known by various names. The most common being the Athlete’s foot (ringworm of the foot) or the Jock itch (ringworm of the groin).41

Are Athlete’s foot and yeast infections related?Q.

Yes, yeast infections are caused by a type of fungus. It is also known as candidiasis. Yeast is normally found on skin, mouth, digestive tract and genitals, which can sometimes overgrow to cause an infection. The common yeast infections are:

  • Yeast infections of the folds of the skin such as Athlete’s foot
  • Yeast infections of the mouth known as oral thrush
  • Yeast infections of the vagina, also known as vaginal thrush

Can Athlete’s foot spread to other parts of the body?Q.

Unfortunately yes, Athlete’s foot can spread to other parts of your body such as hands, nails and groin (jock itch) easily as the fungus can travel on your hands or on a towel. If you have Athlete’s foot DO NOT scratch or pick the infected areas of your foot to avoid spreading the infection.29

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Can I get Athletes foot (ringworm) from my pet?Q.

Yes, the fungus can survive in the skin of your pet and can easily spread while stroking an infected dog or cat. If you suspect your pet has fungal infection, get it treated by a vet.35